Oprah Says She Nearly Suffered Breakdown in 2012Published by on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:00 am.
Along with being a billionaire and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has also been lifestyle guru and self help queen to her millions of followers. So it came as a surprise when the 59-year old admitted that her breakneck work schedule almost contributed to her having a nervous breakdown.
Winfrey confessed that the double duty of shooting Lee Daniels’ The Butler and trying to save her struggling network OWN in 2012 unknowingly put her on shaky footing for good mental health.
“In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing,” remembers Winfrey. “I will tell you when I realized that I thought, ‘All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voice-overs, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”
But the media titan says her symptoms were more warning signs than a full-blown episode. “I mean, I wasn’t ready to go run naked in the streets. Let’s make that very clear,” Winfrey added. “But I had reached a point where I just couldn’t take in anymore stimulation.”
Now with OWN thriving and Lee Daniels’ The Butler receiving both critical acclaim and Oscar buzz it’s safe to say Lady O definitely found and got her groove back.